As we mark the end of 2022 and draw this year’s projects to a close, our last post of the year will focus on one in particular project which we absolutely loved being involved in this year.
We love to have the opportunity to get creative and develop unique and inventive structures, but when it also offers such a benefit to the community and organisations involved, it’s a really satisfying experience.
This is why we selected The Sudan Museums as our favourite project of 2022
The Sudan Museums
It’s always exciting to work on projects around the world, and this is a great example of a project that not only provided an interesting challenge for the Base team, but one that provided definite added benefit to the community in which it’s based.
Architect Michael Mallinson asked us to help develop a canopy for the Community of Omdurman, in Khartoum, Sudan. With average daily temperatures of 44 degrees, the community was in need of a shaded and well ventilated event space for community meetings and gatherings.
We were pleased to help out – designing and engineering the scheme for approval by the Director of the Khalifa House Museum, Niemat Mohamed. Consisting of an array of rolled steel arches, the structure was fabricated and site welded by a local shipbuilder and utilised a local, community workforce to assist in its construction.
Between the arches is a tensioned grid of steel cables onto which is woven 50mm wide strips of polypropylene to form a shade canopy. The woven texture of the tent is a combination of traditional woven matt tents of the Darfur Nomads, and woven Angareb beds. The result of the project provided a versatile, accessible and well-shaded event and community space to enable people to come together even during the heat of the day. The same design was used successfully again at Darfur Community Museum, Nyala South Darfur.
The result of the project provided a versatile, accessible and well-shaded event and community space to enable people to come together even during the heat of the day.